Start small, think big with Diomedes Kastanis
Brought to you by Startup Grind Chengdu & Paris
A match made in heaven: Corporations are increasingly needing innovation to stay relevant and competitive while innovative startups need clients, support & advisors. However, because of differences in culture, approach, size and power, it is often difficult for two entities to create a win win situation. Together with Diomedes Kastanis, entrepreneur & executive for Global 500 companies, we will explore how both corporations & startups can have meaningful interactions & collaborations.
Diomedes accumulated more than 20 years of experience in technical and leadership roles such as CTO @ Microsoft Services APAC, Head of IoT @ Singtel or Head of Innovation @ Ericsson. He has extensive knowledge of IoT & networking, has several patents and is a Board Member for several highly innovative startups. He has been on both sides of the table. As a startup, getting deals & an exit to a Fortune 500 company, and as a corporate, fostering innovation & interfacing with startups.
Disclaimer: Diomedes Kastanis is participating in our event in his own capacity, not as the CTO of Microsoft Services APAC. Views expressed by Diomedes are his own and do not reflect the opinions or view of Microsoft.
Interview Language: English
Event Platform: Zoom
For those who register via Startup Grind website, we will send out a Zoom link on May 21st at NOON sharp!
Entrepreneur & Executive
Diomedes is the CTO Chief technology officer of Microsoft Services APAC. In this role, Diomedes is responsible of helping customers leverage the amazing technology innovations to thrive in the digital area. Prior to that, Diomedes was the Head of Internet of Things (IoT) and 5G enterprise product at the Singtel Group. A great highlight was heading the Ericsson Silicon Valley office, leading Er…
Diomedes is the CTO Chief technology officer of Microsoft Services APAC. In this role, Diomedes is responsible of helping customers leverage the amazing technology innovations to thrive in the digital area. Prior to that, Diomedes was the Head of Internet of Things (IoT) and 5G enterprise product at the Singtel Group. A great highlight was heading the Ericsson Silicon Valley office, leading Ericsson’s long-term technology vision and innovation with focus on 5G, artificial intelligence, next-generation content delivery and heterogenous DevOps. His commitment to positive disruption is expressed through ongoing collaborations with universities, industry thought leaders, and technology incubators. Diomedes holds an MSc. in Computer Science and a diploma in Mathematics with specialization in AI, as well as in cost effective cryptology techniques and holds a few patents. He also holds board member positions in new innovative companies around the world.
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General Manager France, Alipay, Ant Financial Group
Institute for the Future, University of Nicosia.
David Baverez is an investor. After fifteen years spent between London and Boston, he has lived in Hong Kong for the last five years. For ten years (1995-2005), David worked for Fidelity Investments where he was in charge of various European and Global Equity funds, including the award-winning Fidelity European Aggressive Fund. In 2005, he set up his own company, KDA Capital, a long-only concentrated European Equity fund focusing on the concept of change. At the end of 2010, he took the contrarian step to return all funds to his investors, anticipating future European sovereign issues. Since then, he has settled in Hong Kong where he splits his time between funding various start-ups and understanding the disruptions of the new emerging world. David is a regular columnist in the French newspapers L’Opinion, as well as Les Echos and Le Figaro. David is a graduate of the Paris-based HEC Business School and of the INSEAD MBA Programme.
Leon joined Partech in June 2019 as Principal. Based out of Paris, he is focusing on venture equity investments, across Europe and beyond.
Prior to Partech, Leon was an initial member and Associate Vice President at ID Capital in Singapore. He spearheaded the firm’s end-to-end efforts in Greater China (China, Hong Kong, Taiwan), Japan, South Korea as Thailand and Singapore. He was instrumental and prolific in weaving partnerships with VCs, startup hubs and government agencies and establishing a presence for the firm in countries under his mandate. Leon was previously an early team member and Program Manager leading operational transformation and innovation projects for Google across 13 countries in APAC.
Coming from a technical background between Mines ParisTech & National University of Singapore. He is fluent in Mandarin, English and French.
Qunkai (Kevin) Liu leads the Alipay business in France as General Manager. Prior to Alipay, he was one of the founding members of Alibaba office in France, as the Country Manager of Alibaba Cloud for France, South Europe, Benelux and Israel.
He has more than 15 years of experience in innovation, management and marketing, as well as sales in the ICT industry. Prior to Alibaba, he held several positions in research & development, marketing & sales domains at Orange Labs (Paris and Tokyo), Orange Business Services (EMEA markets), and Huawei Technologies France (Global Key Accounts, New Business Development). He holds a Diploma of Engineering (Diplôme d’ingénieur) from Telecom ParisTech and bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Nanjing University, China.
Professor George M. Giaglis is the Executive Director of the Institute for the Future (IFF) at the University of Nicosia (UNIC), as well as a leading expert on blockchain technology and applications and advisor to many blockchain projects and technology start-ups. Prior to joining UNIC, he was Professor at the Athens University of Economics and Business (2002-2017), where he also served as Vice Rector (2011-2015). George has been working on digital currencies and blockchain since 2012, with his main focus being on new forms of industrial organization (such as DAOs) and novel financial system architectures (tokenised assets and CBDCs). He has been one of the first academics to research and teach on blockchain, having: designed the curriculum of the world’s first full academic degree on blockchain (MSc in Blockchain and Digital Currency at UNIC); led the development of blockchain credentialing technology that has resulted in the first ever publishing of academic certificates on the blockchain; taught on the disruptive innovation potential of blockchain, both at academic programs and in executive seminars worldwide; organized a number of prominent blockchain conferences and events, including the annual European conference series Decentralized. Throughout his career, he has published twelve books and more than 170 articles in leading scientific journals and conferences, while he is frequently interviewed by media and invited as keynote speaker or trainer in events across the globe. He is the Chief Editor for Blockchain Technology at the Frontiers in Blockchain Journal and member of the Editorial Board at Ledger.
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